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Fan of the week — Jenny McGrane

SIX days after giving birth by ‘C section’ to her first baby in the Royal Oldham Hospital, Jenny McGrane and her little one were behind the posts at the Vestacare Stadium watching Oldham beat Haydock in the Coral Challenge Cup.

It was a bitterly cold day and Jenny (30) ignored her parents’ advice, braving the elements with her baby so that she could support her favourite team in the Cup and introduce little Edward to the Roughyeds experience at the first available opportunity.

“In years to come I’ll be able to tell him that he was born at 4.31am on March 4, 2019 and at 3pm on March 10 he was at the Vestacare in his pram as the boys went down the tunnel,”

said proud Mum Jenny, who has been a home-and-away fan since she was aged seven.

Her Mum and Dad, Viv and Mike, are also keen supporters, Mike serving the club as official time-keeper.

Edward, who weighed in at 9lb 15oz, will be the youngest member of ‘Roary’s Pride’ when Jenny registers him for our new under-16s supporters club at the London Skolars game.

She said:

“Unlike me, he was born in Oldham so he’s a proper Roughyed.

“When he was weighed at birth we thought he would be a prop one day and that was confirmed with how quickly he put on weight after his birth. He’s 10lb 5 oz now but my Dad is convinced he’ll be a centre like Danny Grimshaw.”

Her first game was Oldham v Adelaide Rams at Boundary Park in July, 1997 — and she’s been hooked ever since.

“I was born and raised in Rochdale, where I still live, but my Dad and Grandad were Oldham-born. They used to go to Watersheddings together and when Grandad died I took over his season ticket.”

In the last couple of seasons she’s been attending games with her husband Danny’s four-year-old daughter Tamara, another potential member of ‘Roary’s Pride’.

Jack Holmes is Tamara’s favourite player because he wears No 4 — her age.

Jenny’s all-time favourite player is Adam Neal and, of the current squad, Lee Kershaw.

Her best-ever game was the 2015 promotion final against Keighley Cougars, closely followed by “a few games where we’ve finished on the winning side against Rochdale.”

She works as a letting agent for a Rochdale-based estate agency and likes nothing better than to see Roughyeds put one over on their derby rivals.

And her predictions for this year ?

“I think we’ll go up. We’ve got a good squad and all the new lads are gelling and looking as though they’ve been with us for years,”

she said.

So, from everyone at the club, heartiest congratulations to Jenny and Danny on the birth of Edward and belated birthday best to the ‘big’ little fella who, if his parents and grandparents have their way, will play for us one day.



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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